VASSALBORO – At a ceremony in Vassalboro Friday, the Maine State Police recognized those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
Three people were given awards for bravery.
Arthur LaPlante of Lagrange rescued a woman who was trapped inside her burning car that struck a tree in Bangor last November.
He says he never thought he’d be getting an award for his actions.
“There was four of us there, that once we got her out of the car, we got her up on the side of the road,” said LaPlante. “I would do it again. If the same situation happened, I would do it again.”
Trooper Brian Bean rescued a couple overcome by carbon monoxide fumes inside their Hudson home last November.
Trooper Bean says he’s humbled, but he was just doing his job.
“I would like to say that I acted like any other trooper would have acted, given the same circumstances,” Bean said.
Troopers Andrew Hardy and Caleb McGary who are members of the tactical team were given bravery awards for their roles in an armed standoff in Dixmont in June of 2018.
Colonel John Cote said they look forward to the ceremony every year because it gives them a chance to recognize not only troopers, but civilians as well.
“When those situations present themselves, you can either kinda be paralyzed or you can shake that off and step forward, and in many ways put your own self at risk for somebody, and you have no idea who that person is,” said Col. Cote, “but you know that action needs to be taken or lives will be lost, and we had some great examples of that recognized.”
Several awards were connected to the death of Detective Ben Campbell in April when he was killed while helping a stranded motorist.